Solid list for The Fight Dr. Paul Williams at #1 is bold.
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Even finally relents and gives BHop a honorable mention.
My list below. Let's hear yours ...
1. Pac Man - Baddest man in boxing right now. Fun to watch. Impossible to stop as he moves in and hits you, then is safely away before you can retaliate. Best legs and leg movement of any boxer I've seen. Dominated top fighters at all weight classes from 120-145. Class act, takes the big fights, always get your moneys worth. Great for the sport. Fighting Hatton on May 2, can't wait.
2. Juan Manuel Marquez - Drew with Pac Man, then lost razor close decision in the rematch. Responded from Pac Man loss by TKO'ing Casamayor. Technically sound, hits hard, and throws accurate punches. As good as it gets. Fights Juan Diaz in Feb in what should be a great fight. Winner most likely advance to fight the winner of Pac Man/Hatton.
3. Joe Calzaghe - Unbeaten, hard to hit, and even tougher to beat. Slappy Joe doesn't look like hes inflicting a lot of damage, but the punches have more effect than it appears, especially after his opponents eat 40 of em a round for 12 rounds. Showed moxie in responding from 1st rd KOs, then beating BHop and Old Jones Jr. Kessler and Hopkins were great wins, but needs one more to really win over American fight fans. Seems leery to risk 0 in loss column though. Would love to see him fight Bad Chad Dawson.
4. Israel Vasquez - Warrior who has not fought in over 9 months after the epic back to back to back fights with Rafael Marquez, which took a physical and emotional toll on both guys. How could you not want to see a 4th Vasquez/Marquez fight? Chris John and Juan Manuel Lopez would also be must see matchups for IV.
5. Paul Williams - How good does the win over Margarito look now? Now Maragrito is afraid to fight him after Williams dismantled Quintana in the rematch of his only loss, then took down savvy vet Verno Phillips. A lot to dea with at welterweight with his size and power on that long skinny frame. Reminds me of Tommy Hearns. If Margarito keeps dodging him, could clean out light middle, or even move up to 160 to fight Pavlik or Abraham.
6. Antonio Margarito - Has been dominant since the Williams loss, destroying Golden Johnson and Cintron, then shocking a lot of people by taking over the Cotto fight midway through en route to a bloody battering of the welterweight king. Passed on Paul Williams rematch to take the safer fight with Sugar Shane Mosely. Tall, rangy, and relentless. And hits hard.
7. Rafael Marquez - Also has not fought in 9 months since the third fight in the Vasquez trilogy, which could have gone either way, and was one of the best fights I've ever seen. Same applies here as with Vasquez. Fight fans want a 4th fight. Other options out there though.
8. Bernard Hopkins - What can you say about this guy? Easy to hate, even easier to respect. A defensive wizard that showed the world this old dog can still hit too in his dismanting of the formerly unbeaten Kelly Pavlik. Next fight will be the one that yields him the most dough, thus the reason why he is pressing for a rematch with Calzaghe.
9. Miguel Cotto - Still just 28, still a legit top ten lb for lb guy, and still the best body puncher in the sport. Looks to get back on track against Michael Jennings in Feb. After that win, will be angling for a Margarito rematch. Would love to see Mayweather come out of retirement and get in this mix at welter with Cotto, Margarito, and Paul Williams.
10. Ricky Hatton - After loss to Floyd, lackluster win over Lazcano ... DOMINATED Paulie Malignaggi, setting up mega pay day against Pac Man. Ricky is scrappy, likable, and has a huge following ... so he will always have high profile fights available to him. A great fighter, but probably just not good enough to beat legends like Floyd and Pac Man.
Just missed ...
Up and comers: Bad Chad Dawson, Juan Diaz, Juan Manuel Lopez, David Haye, Kelly Pavlik
The Untested Heavy: Wlad Klitschko
Cagey Vets: Ivan Calderon, Shane Mosely, Nate Campbell, Vic Darchinyan
Fight someone: Chris John, Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler